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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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  • sabrina ramos Profile

    i have tiny marble like bump inside both breast my left breast has become painful what could be the cause of this pain im having

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Got to the Dr. have he or she check it out

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Have it checked out. It's better safe than sorry. Any lumps or changes should be looked at.

      1 comment
  • Brittney Diaz-Mohammed Profile

    Im.22 and I have two lumps on both side one on the bottom and one on the side and lately I've been getting sharp pains were the lumps are . lately when I take my hot shower it hurts my breast and turn red

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go get a mamo

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Call your local hospital and talk to someone about financial help. I did and I got it.

      Comment
  • lori simas Profile

    I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am freaking out... Is it bad to research on-line?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! I heard that Beyond the Shock was created specifically to help you to get beyond the shock of diagnosis. The informational videos were created with a team of medical experts, so the information you get from these is legitimate. I would recommend...

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      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis! I heard that Beyond the Shock was created specifically to help you to get beyond the shock of diagnosis. The informational videos were created with a team of medical experts, so the information you get from these is legitimate. I would recommend watching these (http://beyondtheshock.com/learn). It is okay to be wary of some information that you get online, but there are some good sites such as nbcf.org and cancer.org.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Lori, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I have breast cancer as well. I was diagnosed on May 19th of this year. It's a shock when you first find out and scary. There are so many advances in medicine and SO many resources out there for us! As far as going to the web...there are some...

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      Hi Lori, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I have breast cancer as well. I was diagnosed on May 19th of this year. It's a shock when you first find out and scary. There are so many advances in medicine and SO many resources out there for us! As far as going to the web...there are some great sites that have a wealth of information and some to steer clear of. A few of the good legitimate sites I recommend are breastcancer.org (my fav which has great medical info as well as discussion boards to be able to get support and useful info from other women that have been in our shoes) , komen.org, and cancer.org. Those are my three fav. Your local American cancer society is a great source as well. They can send you packets of info and so much more including getting involved with a support group so you can be able to share how you're feeling with other women. I hope this has helped you.
      I wish you all the best in your journey,

      Diana

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    I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 15 answers
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    • Buster OBuster Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.

      4 comments
    • Kim Flackey Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the...

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      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the exhaustion, you can't really wrap your head around it until you have it. Did your brain go, too? I feel like I have a hard time focusing and remembering, too, after radiation. God bless you and keep you safe!

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